Synth Site: KORG: N5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Martin Grigg a professional user from Brisbane Australia writes:
I bought my N5 about a year ago and use it regularly together with a Roland A30 for live gigs. I think the N4 represents great value for money ($1600 AUS) for the huge range of sounds it contains and the features it has. The only problem... how to organise the sounds you want for a live performance when you might only have a few seconds or less to move from one sound to another. I set up the sounds I want using the page/part selector, which works well, but find in order to return to the sounds original parameters I have to press EDIT then EXIT first or else strange things happen! Like other users I'm disappointed in the accoustic piano sounds (use Concert nearly all the time) and miss some smooth Rhodsey sounds. There are some fabulous synth sounds which I never use on stage but love playing with at home. It's v. light & easy to cart around. I'm pleased with it overall

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-08-2002 at 10:14
klin a professional user writes:
the korg N5 is a cheap synth with horrible presets, but with a little time programming it you can make great sounds, including some analog style ones. the effects is the bad part, i dont like the reverb, and only the flanger its good. and it is very small, you can move it with one hand.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-17-2001 at 13:59
Max a part-time user from Italy writes:
Hi, the N5 is a cheap all-in-one synth with terrible acoustic piano and analog style sounds. Furthermore have only one stereo output and two complex (but quite good) multieffect. If u want to buy it I sell you mine, that is, is good only if you buy it used. On the other hand, it's a good cheap controller and it's very light (good plastic), some rare sound are good to use in some professional environment, good as first synth (?). Here its impossible to sell back, so I use it like a second masterKbd. I think that Roland Kbd are better for cheap ROMpler in almost all features. For pure Synth, Korg has always something to say (I've had a Wavestation for a long time... Wonderfull, I think I'll buy it again!)

bye

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-10-2001 at 12:16
Nick Chan a part-time user from Malaysia writes:
Good pads, very 80's (good!), acoustics bad such as piano,sax. The M1's sax is so much better. Not so expressive, as you have to press hard to get the aftertouch. My roland is better on woodwinds. Korg's strings are good, though not authentic. Not so good interface. Cheap !

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-19-2001 at 08:18
DJ DanceCraft a hobbyist user from Seattle, WA writes:
I have owned the Korg N5 for awhile. About the only thing I can say about it is that its a Great Controler, The sounds on it totally SUCK!!! If your looking for alot of sounds like 1000+ then it has over that many. Good luck finding a good one and even better luck finding it again. I don't think Korg understands how to orginize sounds. You put all the bass instruments together and all the organs and all the pianos. Not too hard? Well tell that to Korg cause they don't understand that. While its not all bad for a Keyboard and it definatly beats a K-mart casio or yamaha djx its still not as good as it should have been. But I must say it makes a great controler especially with its knobs, they really don't do anything for the N5 but they are awsome when you use them to control other instruments. In the end, buy it if your looking for a unweighted controler keyboard with a few bread and butter sounds. Otherwise spend a little more and get a real synth! I made the mistake of getting it and now I'm selling it!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2000 at 04:56
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